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Age Scotland is active across many devolved policy areas affecting older people, including health. There is growing consensus that there is not enough coordination between social work departments and health boards on preventative care.
Polling conducted for Age Scotland demonstrated that only 26 per cent of people aged 50 and over believe that the current structural delivery of health and social care by separate organisations should remain.
Audit Scotland's 2011 Review of Community Health Partnerships identified widespread failure by Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) to deliver on their remits to help bridge the gap between primary and secondary healthcare, and between health and social care. Age Scotland believes the case for an integrated health and social care service is now overwhelming. The integration of health and social care must be a priority for the Scottish Government. This is the way to ensure that no older person with care needs falls through the gap between the NHS and local authorities or becomes caught up in budget disagreements.
Health and Social Care Reform submission (September 2012)
2011 draft Scottish Budget submission
Regulation of care
Cosla Community Charging
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